Alexander Stubb emerged victorious in the second round of the Finnish presidential elections, winning 51.6% of the votes. His rival, environmentalist Pekka Haavisto, received 48.4%, falling behind Stubb by 111,000 votes. Despite this narrow victory, Stubb promised to give his best every day and pay tribute to the work of outgoing President Sauli Niinistö. In contrast, Haavisto acknowledged their initial deficit but remained optimistic about recovery.
Previously, in the first round, Stubb won with 27.2% of the vote while Haavisto collected 25.8%. The Finnish president is elected through direct universal suffrage for a six-year term, with no head of state being elected for two consecutive terms due to an electoral reform in 1994.
In addition to his political career, Stubb served as prime minister briefly between June 2014 and May 2015. He emphasized fairness in the campaign and respected his opponent’s efforts. As he prepares for his presidency, Stubb’s focus will be on leading Finland into a new era of growth and prosperity.